Online Privacy and Safety

UK Coronavirus Contract Tracing Update

This is an update to my blog Location Tracking, Your Privacy & COVID 19 Contact Tracing to bring this up to date with the recent developments in the UK. The UK were going to develop a COVID 19 Contact Tracing App using a hybdrid technology that was centralised and in which they owned the data… Continue Reading →

The Human Firewall

The first line of defence for any network to repel a cyber attack is often considered the security software on the perimeter of the network – namely the firewalls, and other monitoring software. While a properly configured security framework is essential for any company network, as well as home/small office network, the human element cannot… Continue Reading →

Keeping Safe Online – A Pocket Guide

Being online these days, especially in the current environment when so many people are working from home and outside the protection of the company network, we all need to be extra vigilant that we don’t click on a link to malware. This blog is going to go through a number of tips to keep you… Continue Reading →

Location Tracking, Your Privacy & COVID 19 Contact Tracing (Updated)

UPDATED 9 May 2020 to reflect the recent announcements from the UK government around how the proposed contact tracing app will work. Updated 23 May 2020 to add details of the Google/Apple Contact Tracing/Notification API. Updated 20 June 2020 to reflect the latest updated from the UK government regarding their decisions around their Contact Tracing… Continue Reading →

Securing your Remote Desktop

This is an extension to my blog Productive and Secure Remote Working and Cyber Security during a Pandemic where I just want to describe an emerging cyber threat relating to home working and in particular remote desktop access. When we are in the office we are protected by a number of systems and firewalls. Our individual PC’s… Continue Reading →

Managing and Securing Data

We all have gigabytes of business and personal data that is held in a variety of formats. Do you know what data you have, if it is secured correctly and where it all is? This subject is of massive importance to companies, but is equally important to individuals since you have a trove of data… Continue Reading →

Productive and Secure Remote Working

Over the past few weeks, we have all had to consider working from home (no need to say why unless you have been living under a rock). This guidance post is about how you can work from home securely and productively. Setting up the Environment Ideally you need a room you can yourself up in,… Continue Reading →

Cyber Security during a Pandemic

Just about everyone on the planet knows now that we have a COVID19 (Coronavirus) pandemic on our hands. However, cyber criminals are taking advantage of this current crisis, and people’s fears, to spread malware. I will post a list of validated and legitimate news sources at the end of this blog. What are Cyber Criminals… Continue Reading →

Using Wearable Technology Safely – A Pocket Guide

We all like our gadgets, whether they have some form of smart technology in them or not. Wearable technology is also very popular. What is wearable technology? Wearable technology is simply a technology, or device, that you can attach to your body. This can be: Smart Watches, including the non-smart kind Fitness Trackers GPS Trackers… Continue Reading →

Social Media Auditing & Reporting

It’s amazing what you find on Twitter. Shortly after posting my blog on how Google indexes all of your public tweets, I came across a tweet where someone had applied for a job and the company performed an audit on his tweets. They delivered a 300+ page PDF of all his tweets including a certain… Continue Reading →

The TOR Network – A Pocket Guide

HEALTH WARNING … This is not a subject I recommend to novices and the following is provided to explain what the TOR network is and the implications of using it. It is not a recommendation to use this network. What is the TOR Network? TOR stands for ‘The Onion Router’ and was setup by the… Continue Reading →

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